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HISTORY    AK-D    HUMAN    RELATIONS

tea-party. I do not think that I am'merely day-dreaming
when I feel that in certain circles near to government a
kind of contagious unanimity seems to exist at a certain
level, even amongst men who, if we took them at a more
superficial level, would say that they were only con-
scious of being in perpetual controversy with one
another. It is like the case of Emerson, who, fighting
perpetually against the New England Puritans, never
suspected that he would be remembered in history only
as another New England Puritan. Such being the
situation, I think it was true even long ago that nothirig
could be more subtle than the influence-upon historians
of^admission to the charmed circle; and in many fields
besides the history of historiography we are able to
confirm the fact that certain contacts (even if they are
between Churchmen and the State) produce unconscious
complicities and acquiescences—a well-run State needs
no Heavy-handed censorship, for it binds the
historian with soft charms and with subtle, comfortable
chains.

IV

When I ask myself whether Professor Temperley was
justified in some of his apprehensions concerning the
future, I remember the protest registered in 1946 in the
journal History on the subject of the dispatches which it
was proposed to publish from military commanders in
places like Greece and Singapore. On being questioned

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